NOTE: This page is under construction as we move resources to this and related pages. For many more resources, please see the CCE Staff Page: Tools of the Trade: Diversity, Inclusion, & EPO.
LGBTQ Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring
”LGBTQ youth—estimated to be seven percent of the U.S. population (ages 8-18)— are present in almost every mentoring program in the country. Although many LGBTQ youth are out and will openly disclose information about their sexual orientation and/or gender identity with program staff and mentors they trust, many more—especially those that are in elementary or middle school and in earlier phases of identity development—may still be questioning, feeling unsure about their place in the world, and are looking for clues as to whether they will be safe and will be accepted when interacting with service providers.
Regardless of whether or not a child is out, LGBTQ youth have specific and unique needs that require intention and care from service providers and mentors. For example, research indicates that LGBTQ youth are often exposed to bias, stigma and victimization during critical developmental moments in their lives. In school, many LGBTQ youth face bullying and harassment from peers. At home, parent and family rejection has been linked to increased risk-taking behavior and depression. LGBTQ youth are also disproportionately present in juvenile justice and child welfare settings and are more likely to experience homelessness. Such findings highlight an urgent need for action—especially from proven supports, like mentoring, that are uniquely positioned to foster resilience and strengthen social, emotional, and cognitive skills in youth.”
Gender, Gender Identity and Gender Expression
While transgender identity is typically included under the umbrella of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender(LGBT) identities, the range of ways in which individuals identify relative to gender are not related to sexual orientation. The resources linked above provide an overview of this rapidly evolving dimension of diversity, while providing an in-depth outline of the most current LGBT terms and definitions.
FAQ: Answers to Some Common Questions about Equal Access to Public Restrooms
Questions regarding the use of public restrooms by individuals who are transgender or gender non-conforming are becoming more and more common with our system. This FAQ provides answers to some of the most common questions about equal access to public restrooms. Associations interested in developing local policies and practices may review Model Restroom Access Policies for examples of language and policies.
Cornell Ally Support: The "A" in LGBTQA+ Community: Allies are heterosexual people who are supporters and defenders of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, intersex+ community. Allies are a vital part of the community. If you are an ally, you are welcome to join in on any of the events and programs that we hold. Please drop by the LGBT Resource Center to see how you can get involved! There is no pressure to disclose your sexual orientation or gender identity unless you choose to do so.